RATINGS: 1141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 540   ABV: 18%
The Beast is a seducer - accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. Beyond this, its futile to attempt to describe Him. He will unveil Himself differently to each of His followers. The mark is in His constitution. Brewed with two-row malted barley, honey malt, and imported Belgian specialty grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B), hops (Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker), brewing sugars (raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar), water, Belgian yeast and another hellion of a yeast strain.OG: 1.138
Batch 1 (2004): 15.7% ABV
Batch 2 (2004): 18.1% ABV
Batch 3 (2005): 14.9% ABV
Batch 4 (2006): 14.6% ABV
Batch 5 (2007): 16.42% ABV
Batch 6 (2008): 16.31% ABV
Batch 7 (2009): 15.07% ABV
Batch 8 (2010): 16.21% ABV
Batch 9 (2011): 16.83% ABV
Batch 10 (2012): 16.0% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18.0% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Nice solid red color and a thin head. Sticky thick smell to it, cherry, plum, fig, oak, clove, a bit of ginger and some alcohol. The flavor is odd, as it reminds me first of a wine (not to bitter or sweet) for the mouthfeel, then it switches over to some strong barley treatment. Im somewhat disappointed at first with the taste of the beer, because the alcohol takes over, but ther aftertaste is something to behold. It has the you-just-drank-lots-of-alcohol feel to it, but it has the belgian strong ale good sweeter side. This reminds me more of a liquor with the feeling that you taste a lot of alcohol first, then the flavors of the drink second. Alterantively, I find that if I hold it in my mouth longer than usual the hops are felt more, along with the candy-like sweetness. Afterwards the slight burn from the alcohol is felt. Quite an interesting beer, I just wish I could afford to buy a second to hang on to for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4970) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012 Original Rating, Dec 31, 2004: Dark red color with no head. Slightly cherry aroma. It is definitely unadulterated raw barley in the taste. Some little amounts of hops and yeast, but nothing else stands out other than malt and alcohol. 7/4/7/3/14

Re-rating, June 30, 2012. Batch 6 (2008). Murky brown color with no head. Aroma of molasses, honey and very sweet malt. Powerfully fruity and bready flavor. Upon warming, prune dominates. Very sweet. Still quite boozy, but certainly not jet fuel-esque. 8/4/7/4/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2672) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
Spicy nose, dark amber color, low tight head. Quick caramelly malt body with a slight yeast component that gets pushed aside by a fat, rich hoppy and spicy end. Huge pepper effect with some cinnamon too. Full body and a decent beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1802) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2004 bottle opened for christmas eve.the beast poured a beautiful murky ruby red with a small head that did not stick around for long.the aroma gave off a complex mixture of bubblegum,candy,raisins,plums,belgian candy,and a bit of yeast.i figured due to the fact that the alcohol was well hidden in the aroma,it would be in the flavor too.I WAS WRONG!loads of alcohol all the way through with the flavors of candy,and sweet malts hidding in the background.i think im gonna need a chaser to drink this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
bottled. this had so much nasty, european canned strong lager sugar and metho character to it that it was hard to discern much else. i dunno, some raisins, honey, burnt toast, plenty of bitterness and amazing stickiness. big and dumb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Seems almost silly rating appearance on this one. What is it supposed to look like? That said, its much lighter than I expected, and actually has a little bit of foam. Nice. Aroma of port and dates. Palate is not all that thick considering the 18% ABV. But in the taste, the alcohol is right there. Also very sweet port flavors. I feel like there are other things waiting to come through, but at this point it still seems pretty raw, and everything else is crowded out. I think its great that Avery made this audacious stuff. To my tastes, it isnt great right now, but it probably will be in five years, and that is pretty cool. Thanks Alaskanwarren for the taste! Mighty generous of you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Red Coloring with White Ring. Id Be Lying if I Said the Immense Alcohol Wasnt Noticeable, But in Actuality, Its Much More Balanced Then one Would Think. Fruity, Alcohol Aroma.. Some Bread Dough. The Alcohol is the Domineering Character... Very Enjoyable Beast!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - DEC 21, 2004
This beer is quite interesting. Aroma and appearance are excellent. Taste begins fairly malty, but the alcohol takes over at that point. Ultimately, I see potential for this beer, and this is probably one to let mellow for a year or two. Its powerful, and not bad but the alcohol tends to overpower the other tastes, making this a beer with great potential but less payoff than hoped for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Awesome appearance. Perhaps the best looking beer Ive ever seen. The color is simply entrancing. Large off white head disapates into a thin layer on the surface. The carbonation dances to the top of the glass. Aroma is fantastic. Fruity and barleywine-like. Almost no alcohol detectable. However, it is noticeable while in your mouth and going down. Warming, but it doesnt burn. I really dont know how to explain the flavor. Completely unique brew. I cant wait to try it in about 5 years.

Im writing this portion of the review the day after drinking this beer. A word of warning, dont drink a whole bottle by yourself! I really wish this was in 12oz bottles instead of 22oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
2004 vintage, 18.1% abv. Pours a clear, dark ruby red with tints of brown. Head is initially very large and off-white, but quickly dissipates to this thinnest of rings. Very sweet and thick aroma: plums, brown sugar, pineapple, toffee, green grapes, raisins, licorice, and quite a bit of alcohol. Moderately sweet flavor, with thick molasses notes nicely accompanied by subdued, spicy hops, dates and candied fruits. Mildly, yet sharply carbonated underneath the syrupyness - as I savor it in my mouth, I am unsure if it is the bubbles tingling my tongue, or the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter and alcoholic. It tastes as strong as it sounds, and the alcohol is anything but well-hidden when tasted this young, though it is not too overpowering or astringent. A very warming beer for those cold winter months, or for sharing with the family on a Christmas Eve.

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